Service

This is what I don’t get. How come I’m doing a lot more service – and I mean A LOT – now that I have tenure than while being on the tenure track? I’m drowning in service, it’s insane. 

Nobody is making me. I always got the highest marks for service even when I did very little. (I’m Soviet, I can bullshit like nobody’s business). I’m not going for an early Full Professorship  (for reasons of my own that I can reveal in a separate post). I’m not avoiding research because I’m writing an article and it’s going great. 

The only thing I can think of is that I’m overcompansating for having a baby. Which is dumb because nobody cares. And if they did, I’d never notice anyway. 

I need to stop this because it’s eating me alive. 

“Impeach President Bannon”

I don’t like this idea of “Impeach President Bannon.” It suggests that Trump’s ideas are somehow different and it’s only Bannon’s influence that is causing all the problems. 

Trump is not a good little boy who fell under the influence of bad company. His ideas are fully his and he’s fully responsible for them. 

Nuts in Iowa

Gosh, I hope this bill passes:

A bill in the Iowa Senate seeks to achieve greater political diversity among professors at the state’s Board of Regents universities. Senate File 288 would institute a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats on the university faculty fall within 10 percent of each other.

When they are left without any professors at all, they’ll simply have to hire immigrants. 

Approval

The idea that Trump has such sky-high approvals among Republicans are a result of protests, pussyhats, and “resistance” is ridiculous. Trump is giving Republican voters exactly what they want and is not doing anything they find objectionable. 

What is needed now is for this idea to sink in for the purposes of action and not finger-wagging. For instance, let’s stop wasting time on being outraged over Trump’s anti-media rants. For a variety of reasons, professional journalism in the US has gone to the dogs. Everybody knows this. There is no widespread outrage to be garnered about statements that insult these journalists. 

Riots in Stockholm 

Riots have been taking place in Stockholm overnight. Apparently, they’ve been provoked by a drug-related arrest in an immigrant area. I have no doubt this will in no way affect the smug shrimp eaters we discussed on the blog yesterday. 

It’s interesting that Trump knew about the riots in advance, isn’t it? It’s not shocking or unexpected. Just mildly curious.